Exploring Agritourism at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards [+ exclusive recipe!]
This post is sponsored by Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. Through this partnership I was given the opportunity to tour the gardens and harvest produce for recipe development. All opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for your support, and for allowing me to work brands that I believe embody similar values and outlooks on healthy living!
On a beautiful spring or summer afternoon over the weekend, there’s a good chance you’ll find me at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. It’s located just a short drive away from downtown Charlottesville, and as soon as you park the car, you’ll see what I mean: the view is phenomenal! Looking out towards the mountains never gets old, and even before I’ve gotten over the view (I mean, it’s hard not to stare…), food and wine from the tasting room arrives.
You know the feeling you get while enjoying delicious food? How the tastes, textures, and presentation just come together into one dish of YUM? Pippin Hill offers that, and I believe that it’s not only from the stellar culinary team, but the food itself. Sustainably grown and locally sourced, it really doesn’t get much better!
What is Agritourism?
“Agritourism” is essentially the act of visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation to enjoy, be educated or be involved in activities (source). I was invited to spend the afternoon with Pippin Hill’s certified horticulturist, Diane Burns, to learn about the gardens and harvest some fresh produce. Agritourism at its core!
How Pippin Hill Helps Me With Healthy Living
Whenever I get the chance to spend time at Pippin Hill, there’s no question that I’ll stop by the Tasting Room for a bite to eat. All of the wine and dishes are vineyard-to-table, so you know you’re getting the good stuff.
Locally sourced food not only tastes better, it IS better – for our bodies, our communities, and the environment. The less distance our food has to travel, the more nutrients it can maintain as it makes its way to our table.
I recently had the opportunity to meet Diane Burns, Pippin Hill’s certified horticulturist. We spent the afternoon together, and I learned all about the different types of produce that’s grown on the property, as well as how to harvest certain greens and fruits. Yep, you’re looking at a first-time harvester right here! Unless you count harvesting basil from my potted basil plant…
An Exclusive Smoothie Bowl Recipe for You
In honor of the fresh, local produce harvested by Diane and yours truly, head over to Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards to check out a smoothie bowl recipe that I developed! Packed with real, whole food ingredients and locally sourced produce, it’s a breakfast or snack that you’ll definitely look forward to.